35,000 eagles pass through the Mission area

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, now in its 21st year, takes place Nov. 19-20.

November in the Fraser Valley marks the end of the life cycle for many of the spawned-out salmon in the Harrison River, but also marks the beginning of the return of thousands of bald eagles to feast on their remains.

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, now in its 21st year, celebrates this incredible natural phenomenon by hosting two days of fun, educational and free activities throughout the region.

On Nov. 19 and 20, there will be spotting scopes set up at a variety of viewing sites; “Eagle Safaris” taking guests out into the estuary to get up close to the magnificent birds; an indoor exhibitors’ hall with displays and artisans; expert speakers; nature walks with Nature’s Trust, fish hatchery, national historic site; and even a photo walk and a Binoculars 101 session.

It’s two full days of “edutainment” for the nature lover in everyone.

“It totally surprises me that still so few people know that the Harrison River – Chehalis Flats hosts the world’s largest annual gathering of bald eagles,” said David Hancock, biologist and founder of Hancock Wildlife Foundation.

“Probably 35,000 pass through this area each fall and during later November and throughout December.”